Saturday, June 8, 2013

WWI veteran's tombstone rededicated in Ocala Florida

WWI veteran's tombstone rededicated
Ocala Star Banner
By Andy Fillmore
Published: Friday, June 7, 2013

A displaced grave marker found last month near Belleview has been identified by family members and reset on its original burial site.

After learning about two intact grave markers, one of which bore the name of his great-grandfather Calvin Thomas, Al McDavid of Orange Lake traveled to the place they were found and checked the information on the marker against a family Bible.

“We are very grateful. Mr. (Calvin) Thomas was my great-grandfather. Tears were nearly shed on the phone when I called my family about the marker,” McDavid, 61, said.

Attempts to solve the mystery of the other marker, for Henry Windley, remain elusive and thus far have involved Veterans Affairs, a search of Army records and a local funeral home and cemetery, without any firm answers at this time.

The intact markers for Thomas, who died in 1918, and Windley, who died in 1964, were found May 20 in a wooded area near some railroad tracks by Avery Daniels, 19, as he walked to his sister’s home, along with at least two other markers that were broken in pieces. Daniels said he and his family reported the find in hopes the markers would be returned to their rightful sites.
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